Wintrust Financial Reviews

Updated July 26, 2015
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Wintrust Financial President, CEO, and Director; Chairman, Wayne Hummer Investments, Wayne Hummer Trust, Wayne Hummer Asset Management, and First Insurance Funding Edward J. Wehmer
Edward J. Wehmer
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  1. Not a good review

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Wintrust Financial full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    HR is good, health benefits are great.

    Cons

    Behind the times with corporate mentality. No flexibility or help with work life balance.


  2. intern

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Wintrust Financial

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    it paid 15$ per hour

    Cons

    terrible, boring, sat at computer all day and looked at loans and learned nothing

    Advice to Management

    do not do it


  3. Marketing

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rosemont, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rosemont, IL

    I worked at Wintrust Financial full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, free gym in building, free shuttle service to/from blue line, flexible scheduling, coffee/snacks, happy hours and team outings.

    Cons

    Very poor communication, which creates more unnecessary hearsay/gossip. Hard to advance, no room to learn/grow. Lack of teamwork. There is extreme favoritism. Seems like they are more interested in 'looking' the part verses actually streamlining and creating an efficient workflow environment. Behind the times technology wise. uptight culture for a marketing dept. and below average pay

    Advice to Management

    Communication in the dept. is key, believe in your employees and help them feel part of a team. Everyone has their part and is important to the overall outcome.


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  5. The bank stock and profitability continue to decline, is the only solution to continue to grow through bank acquisition?

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in Saint Charles, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in Saint Charles, IL

    I have been working at Wintrust Financial

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Wintrust financial allows each bank president to tailor the loan and deposit products to meet the needs of the community it serves. Some of the banks have a strong following in the community and devoted employees to ensure the highest level of customer satisfaction. The bank president has the authority to run the charter as his/her own business which allows for an entreprenureal spirt only found in a start up bank. The employee benefits package is very generous and competes strongly with employers of similar industries. The bank is large enough (when one considers all charters as one) to compete with the larger banks in the area; this eliminates many of the objections when working with customers who are concerned about moving to a community bank.

    Cons

    The communication and sharing of information between the banks is extreamly limited. The leadership from the holding company does not trickle down to the bank level. Accountability for the banks performance is only judged on a profitability basis and does not incorporate employee turnover or customer satisfaction. It does not appear bank presidents of less profitable charters are held accountable for thier performance and poor performance is allowed to continue year over year. Senior management is a good old boys club made up from the original people who started the bank, no room for new ideas or opinions in this environment. The lack of diversity within the organization is concerning and does not promote opportunities for women or people of color.

    Advice to Management

    Holding company officials need to be more involved at the bank level to ensure that the bank president is providing the leadership and communication to carry out the organizations goals and inititatives. Improvment in information sharing and communication between the banks would reduce lost productivity. Having an operations staff at each charter is a large duplication of job function with little financial return for the redundancy which is also complicated by the vast diferences in knowledge and expierience of similar positions at each bank charter. Leadership training for all senior managment and some type of oversight would better improve the level of bank presidents at each location.


  6. growing quickly with no regards on how it affects those employed here

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Libertyville, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Libertyville, IL

    I worked at Wintrust Financial

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good benefits, including 401k plan

    Cons

    disregard for those outside of management

    Advice to Management

    talk to your employees.


  7. Good company overall - Good benefits

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Rosemont, IL
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Rosemont, IL

    I have been working at Wintrust Financial full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits. Have on-site gym equipped with fitness classes for all employees free of charge. Two week vacation and unlimited sick days. Provides 401k match, medical (BCBS IL), dental and vision insurance. Discounts for AT&T, Jos A. Banks, etc.

    Cons

    Communication within departments is limited. A lot of micro managing. In order to fit in you must have a traditional mindset. Not very open to new ideas. Very cut throat environment. Not a team environment.

    Advice to Management

    Need to offer work/life balance. Offer remote access to all employees to allow all departments to remain functional and allow for work/life balance.


  8. Not my worse employer but definitely not among the best.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Wintrust Financial full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Employment opportunity....there were not many positive to this job.

    Cons

    Untrustworthy management, lack of integrity...


  9. My Review

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Wintrust Financial full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Wintrust is a nice place to work except for the department I am in

    Cons

    To draconian in my department. Management is old fashion and out of touch


  10. Up Your Game

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Wintrust Financial (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Reasonable working hours Not too much micromanagement Conveniently located An office with great views Great coffee in the lobby, and a good gym nearby as well Not too many frivolous meetings

    Cons

    A generally apathetic and mildly to moderately discontent culture. Not quite dysfunctional enough to warrant one star, but still pretty bad. I imagine it's kind of like working for the DMV, except everyone you work with is a college graduate from a third tier institution (that's not to say every college graduate from a 3rd tier institutions is dumb though, as some are quite brilliant) . Also, I can't speak to other peoples' experiences, but I felt totally out of place there. I also witnessed insane levels of turnover among the analysts, which doesn't speak well to the future viability of their investment product offerings. Also, there was lots of middle management bloat.

    Advice to Management

    A wealth management company is not a bank. Stop treating it like one. Autocratic decision making, rigid hierarchy, a culture that rewards conventionality over originality, and so forth are the exact opposite traits that a company needs if it's going to produce superior investment results and provide high quality customer service.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Quickly growing company that needs to collapse all the different charters and increase efficiency.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Credit Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Credit Analyst in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Wintrust Financial

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great opportunities for advancement. Highly regarded company within their market. Cash rich which allows one to cater to customers better than they would be able to otherwise. Very flexible with your vacation schedules and family time. Pay is within the normal range.

    Cons

    The company is very top heavy with a lot of SVP and higher employees and much fewer worker bees causing everyone to be hectic at all times. The company is very inefficient with its fifteen charters and I have yet to see a benefit to all the small banks. Their continued purchases of failed banks and cutting 80% + of their employees has caused many departments to be overworked and slow.

    Advice to Management

    Collapse some of the charters to improve efficiency. Slow down and ensure that every department has sufficient support staff and competent management to accomplish goals.



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